Infidel Interview #90: Alan Larsen

First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Sure! My Name is Alan Larsen. I'm 34 years old. I'm a technologist, multi-instrumentalist, turntablist, producer, songwriter, activist, substance abuse & mental heath advocate; A man of many hats known for my direct approach to multi-genrenized material. I was born in Sacramento, CA. My family moved to Kansas City at a very young age, so I consider myself a Kansas City native. I'm an artist aiming to create music that would inspire others on a spiritual and atmospheric scale via my independent record label, Gordon Records.

How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

To me, Kansas City holds one of the best underground music scenes in the nation.

There is so much talent here, it's rediculous. We are smack dab right in the middle of our country; Soaking influence and inspiration from both sides of the US.

I pull quite a bit of general inspiration from a few local artists. Generally those who have stayed grounded and stuck to their roots. That's very important, in my opinion.

Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What is your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?

You see, this question actually gets thrown at me alot, considering my material. I don't sit down and commit to a genre before the writing process. I write music from my heart and inside of my head. Where it lands is where it lands. I've published material ranging from Classical Piano all the way down to Electronica & Turntablism.

As far as music to listen to and study; Everyone from Chopin, Beethoven to Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix.

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Is electronic music where you started making music? Or did you have previous musical background or experience before hand? If so does/did your previous musical experience affect your electronic compositions? What led you to electronic music, particularly the more experimental kinds of it?

Although I'm a multi-instrumentalist, I've always kind of been more drawn towards the technical & electronic aspect of things. Especially since it's more of a wide platform to generate a constant flow of new ideas. Less limitations, more creative oportunity. Don't get me wrong; I love playing the piano, guitar & live drums. When I was younger, I became in love with the art of turntablism. So i took those skills on live instruments and applied them onto certain scratch components (turntable, mixer, samplers, etc.) So nowadays, I try to utilize every skill with every instrument in my compositions.

What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

Man, where do I start? First and foremost, my dad is and always will be my greatest inspiration, musically. Other influences are DJ Qbert, DJ Shadow, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Ministry, BT, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Crystal Method; The list is never ending.